Perfect Little Black Booties

January 23, 2016

Little black boots are the perfect transitional shoe.  They’ll take you through Winter right into April showers.  The more wear they get, the better they look.  Scuffing and scratches only add to the rugged appeal of booties.

When shopping for LBBs, look for simple silhouettes with a closed toe in a pointed or almond shape.  If you go too round in the toe, your bootie will look too casual and you won’t find yourself reaching for it as often.  A pointier toe means you can get away with wearing your little black booties with jeans, skirts, sequins, track pants or even business suits.  Unless you’re going to start collecting little black booties (always tempting), I suggest sticking with a style that doesn’t have too much going on in the way of embellishments.  Some studding is always a good idea, but studding plus fringe plus perforations are just too much.  Flat booties are having a moment but a 1-2 inch heel will help elongate your leg.  Because booties tend to cut off the length of your legs a bit, that added illusion that comes with having a small heel is a big positive.

These are my picks for great LBBs, at all price points.  If I had to pick just ONE little black bootie, I’d go with the Sam Edelman Petty.  I own it already in both black and in leopard.  I wear them all the time.  For the price, it’s a great shoe that feels like it cost way more than I paid.

Are you still finding new and creative ways to wear your little black booties?  Toss some ideas in the comments.  I’d love to hear your take on them.

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